Friday, February 27, 2015

Maui: A Paradise That Touches Your Soul

Hey remember that one time I went to Maui? It's hard to believe it was already 3 weeks ago that we were there! Then again, if I take a look at the fading tan lines and loss of freckles on my nose and cheeks it's not so hard to believe anymore. All I'm going to say is this: Maui was ah-mazing. Best vacation I think I've ever been on. We hiked, ziplined, went to a luau, went out to dinner, snorkeled, jumped off black rock, grilled dinner, and had a whoooole lot of beach time. The blue water, green grass, sand between your toes, crashing waves, and warm sunshine (not to mention starting every day with a hot Starbucks by the ocean) really does touch your heart and soul. It was 100 percent refreshing and a nice break that I thoroughly enjoyed with my family. 

When it comes to Maui (slash paradise) a picture really does speak a thousand words so I'm going to just photo dump from here on out. Enjoy and happy Friday! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Girl's Best Friend

I was provided this item to review as compensation for writing this post.

It's no secret around here that I love accessories. When I go to Target I have to practically drag myself away from the purse/jewelry/sunglasses/swimsuit section - you know what section I'm talking about ;) They put it right on the corner near the entry because no matter where you go in the store you have to walk past it. There's no avoiding it - now that is good marketing, people. 
So when I was contacted to review an Anjolee product I thought sure I'll check it out. I could not believe how good the quality of the piece was and now I wear the earrings all the time! The website is easy to navigate, there are lots of different options, and their pieces are beautiful. Plus, who doesn't love being able to shop from the comfort of your own home in the middle of the winter? :)
Check out Anjolee and their Diamond Eternity Bands and let me know what you think!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blogger Men Tell All [Link-Up #6]

Grab the button, link up here, and be sure to stop by Becca's blog! Take it away, Parker...

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What is your favorite winter hobby?

Coaching and playing puck.

Did you do anything special for your blogger on February 14th?

Fruit bouquet with a teddy bear delivered to work.

What's your favorite kind of candy?

Swedish fish and Starburst jelly beans... can't pick one.

Which Rom-Com would you choose to watch while you snuggle up with your Valentine?

What is a rom-com?

Sam's note: I wondered if he would have this one figured out. For the record, if he had known that Rom-Com is short for Romantic Comedy I'm guessing he would have said The Proposal. Everybody loves Betty White and Sandra Bullock's bonfire scene.

Who, in your opinion, is the best U.S. President ever?

JFK hands down. He was the man.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Future Of The Samantha Life

It seems like all of my recent posts start off with something like hey long time no see, or remember me?, or guess I don't have time to blog about life if I'm off living life. So just insert one or all of the above to get this post going today because honestly, I have no good reason for my recent absence. I literally disappeared - fell off the blogging face of the earth for a solid month or so I'd say and I don't even have a good excuse to tell you. All I know is, thank goodness for Blogger Men Tell All so this little bloggity of mine didn't start collecting dust.

I didn't get a promotion, have a baby, or adopt a cute puppy (no matter how tempting that last one may be) that has kept me busy and out of the world wide web loop. Work has been busy and things in my personal life have been time-consuming but I think I haven't been making an appearance here because I had no idea what to write. Sitting down to write sounded way too hard, partly because I felt like I had to. The white background of the Blogger post screen sounded daunting and stressful and I didn't want to sit down and force words. This is my space - to write when I want and what I want and enjoy it along the way. I don't want to sit down at my computer because I feel like I have to, so I guess I just didn't for a while.

It was actually a nice break and I thought about this little blog every so often. I missed it and I definitely missed staying up on the lives of some of my favorite bloggers. But I also knew that I needed to change just a few things if I wanted to make blogging fit into my life right now. There is a time and place for turning your blog into a source of income, creating a post schedule to follow, and hosting sponsor and I am definitely thankful that I have had the opportunity to do a little bit of that. 

But when you start making money on your blog, it turns into a job. You need to post regularly if people are paying to be on your sidebar. You need to post regularly and correctly if you are promoting a certain brand. It's work, as it should be if it's making you money. But my blog was starting to feel like too much work - I was worrying too much about promoting sponsors, stats, and writing sponsored posts. The focus wasn't on everything else anymore - all the reasons why I started blogging in the first place.

We all started blogging and put time into our blogs because we get something in return. It's rewarding for us in some way whether it be a creative or emotional outlet, source of income, or just a way to journal your life. Right now I need this blog to be for me. I want to write because I feel like writing, not because I need to promote another blogger or brand. I don't want to write because I haven't posted in 3 days and am worried about my stats dropping. I want to write because I have something to get off my chest or a happy moment to share. I'm going to just go back to the basics here for awhile and write, what I want and when I want. That's the other nice thing about blogging: it's my blog so really I can do whatever I want :)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blogger Men Tell All [Round 6 Questions]

Well TGFBMTA - thank god for Blogger Men Tell All - or else it seems like I wouldn't even be hardly making an appearance around these parts lately! We were on vacation for a week recently which you probably already know and got super annoyed with if you follow me on instagram :) And now I've been getting back into the swing of things at work and at home so blogging has been on the back burner a little in the recent weeks. 

But here I am because it's time to get you the information and questions you need for the next round of BMTA. Have your guy answer the questions below and link-up with us next Tuesday!

  • What is your favorite winter hobby?
  • Did you do anything special for your blogger on February 14th?
  • What's your favorite kind of candy?
  • Which Rom-Com would you choose to watch while you snuggle up with your Valentine?
  • Who, in your opinion, is the best US president ever?

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